Roses: A Celebration

This compendium of modern garden writers looks at gardeners (like David Austin and Graham Stuart Thomas) as they reflect on their own gardening experiences.

Lovely rose illustrations, but a bit dry.


The Language of Flowers: An Anthology of Poetry, Prose and Paintings


This coffee table book (or, in my house, a guest powder room book) blends art prints of flowers with poetry or a novel excerpt about the flower.  Copies of these pages would also make lovely art for garden-themed decor.



Field Lily


Down in a meadow fresh and gay,

Picking lillies all the day;

Picking lillies both red and blue,

I little thought what love could do.

Where love is planted there it grows,

It buds and blossoms like any rose,

It has so sweet and a pleasant smell,

No flowers on earth can it excel.

Traditional Rhyme

Barbara Swell’s “The Lost Art of Pie Making: Made Easy”

I picked up this little book on Amazon a few years ago to fill up my “$25 to free shipping”, and I don’t think I’ve ever found a cookbook as helpful as this in making desserts.  Yes, I have the Martha Stewart tome Pies & Tarts, but that is too clinical for what should be the simple, pioneering joy of pie making.  Along with traditioaln and modern-twists on the varieties of pie, Swell offers vintage advertisements and lore on the quintessentially feminine art of pie.


Book: Smith & Hawken 100 English Roses for the American Garden

Sweet coffee table book that looks at the history of English Roses.  Unfortunately for me, most are hardy to Zone 6, but they’re still pretty to look at.